If you’re planning a safari trip to Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Crater definitely deserves a space on your itinerary. This UNESCO-listed area is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera, with the crater covering an incredible 100 square miles. Over 600 metres deep, the nutrient-rich floor of the crater is ideal for grazing herds, making this one of the best places in Africa to see wildlife. On a holiday to the Ngorongoro Crater, you can expect to spot gentle elephants, wandering wildebeest, stealthy lions and so much more.
Whether you visit independently or as part of a Tanzania tour, the wider Ngorongoro Conservation Area offers all sorts of unforgettable experiences. Inside the crater itself, you can go on guided game drives in search of the ‘Big Five’ and other animals, such as cheetahs, gazelles and zebra. Twitchers will love the birdlife, too. You’ll have the chance to see more than 400 species of bird during your trip to the Ngorongoro Crater, ranging from bee-eaters and woodpeckers, to flamingos and pelicans.
In the surrounding highlands, meanwhile, there are a number of hikes with stunning views of the Tanzanian landscape. You can trek through the dramatic Olduvai Gorge, or spend a day watching wildlife at nearby Lake Ndutu. Or you could discover two smaller craters, Empakai and Olmoti, with knowledgeable Massai guides.
If you want to tick off more of Tanzania, why not extend your getaway? You could spend a few days wildlife-watching in Serengeti National Park, or enjoy a relaxing beach break on the tropical island of Zanzibar. However you want to explore, our Travel Specialists will help you plan the perfect holiday to the Ngorongoro Crater, and beyond.
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Tanzania's vast wilderness offers a multitude of adventures, and our seven-day Kifaru Safari tour is the best way to discover it all for yourself. Starting in Arusha, this carefully-planned itinerary allows you to explore some of Tanzania's most exciting places.
Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is uniquely elegant, with exceptional standards of service and comfort. And breath-taking views of the Ngorongoro Crater await in every direction – whether you’re relaxing in your room, or tucking into dinner.
Gold Zanzibar Beach House & Spa comprises of 76 luxury private suites and villas, dotted along the white sands of Kendwa Beach. This beautiful location is the perfect place for a romantic getaway or a fun-filled family escape to paradise.
The Residence Zanzibar has 66 private villas, each with their own pool and breath-taking views. You'll have lots of space to relax, too, thanks to your comfy living area and private terrace.
In the village of Nungwi on the tropical island of Zanzibar, Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort is the perfect escape for couple and families alike. Luxury ocean and garden view accommodation where you’ll gaze out each at the Zanzibar sunset.
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You'll find Breezes Beach Club & Spa Zanzibar on the southeast coast of Zanzibar island. In this tranquil spot, you can cool off in the pool, stroll along the white sands, and join a cooking class. Or, if you want to truly treat yourself, head to Frangipani Spa.
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